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tonight, the sprint to election day starts now. donald trump and hillary clinton barnstorming the battleground states. the rivals nearly crossing paths on a crowded ohio tarmac. their planes right next to each other. clinton calls in reinforcements, and trump reveals his strategy for the big debate. herm slamming into the east coast tonight. beaches shut down on this holiday weekend, costing businesses millions. now, a new hurricane on the horizon. president obama and vladimir putin in a face to face staredown. the president describing their blunt talk, but did they make a deal? a father's car stolen at a gas station. his twin daughters asleep in the backseat. tonight, his warning about
and reduced to rubble. a famous ancient rock formation destroyed, toppled by tourists. now, the hunt to find them. good evening. i'm cecilia vega. david is on assignment. we begin this labor day with breaking news on the campaign trail and the all-out sprint to the election. hillary clinton on her brand new campaign plane for the first time. the candidate, who hasn't held a press conference in 275 days, late today taking questions from reporters, where she dismissed attacks about her health. today alone, clinton making as many campaign stops as she's made in the last two weeks combined. her team fanning out, too. running mate tim kaine, vice president joe biden, former president bill clinton, even her one-time foe, bernie sanders, all out in force today.
the tarmac in cleveland. clinton and trump's planes parked right there next to each other. donald trump making headlines tonight, too, saying he will attend all three debates. but we begin tonight with abc's david wright, leading us off in cleveland, with just 63 days to go until this election. >> reporter: tonight, as the final push begins, hillary clinton finally answered questions from her traveling press corps, including ones on russia, china and her health. >> are you concerned about conspiracy theories about your health and whether that will affect the election? >> i'm not concerned about the conspiracy theories. there are so many of them, i've lost track of them. >> reporter: today's question and answer session was her first in weeks. it took place aboard clinton's brand new campaign plane, a boeing 737 nicknamed "hill force one." together," emblazoned there on the side. >> hey, guys. welcome to our big plane.
>> reporter: today on the plane, clinton pushed back on any suggestion her time at the state department was tainted by conflict of interest with the clinton foundation. >> everything i did at the state department, i did in furtherance of america's interest and our security. the state department has said there's absolutely no evidence of any kind of external influence, and i know that to be the fact. >> reporter: clinton's campaign has more events scheduled today than they've had for the past two weeks. team clinton swarming the end zone in six states, including bernie sanders' first solo stops on clinton's behalf in new hampshire. >> there should be no doubt on anybody's mind as to whether hillary clinton is the superior candidate, because in every respect, she is. >> reporter: at a labor day picnic in cleveland, clinton was suddenly overcome by a coughing
"must be allergic to the media," tweeted trump's campaign manager wryly. "finally spent a minute with them." >> and david wright joining us in cleveland. hillary clinton not letting up on donald trump's trip to mexico. she's accusing him now of choking on that big trip there? >> reporter: that's right, cecilia. clinton and her running mate, tim kaine, sat down with our friend david muir, and talked about the trip to mexico, saying caused a diplomatic incident, by telling the mexican president one thing and his supporters another, calling that irresponsible. cecilia? >> david wright leading us off tonight. thank you. and a reminder just how tight this race is, clinton now holds a six-point lead over donald trump, that's down from a ten-point lead in early august. and as both candidates know, it is the battleground states where this race will be won or lost. here's abc's mary bruce. >> build that wall! >> reporter: tonight, donald trump kicking off the final
shaking hands at this county fair. >> we're going to bring jobs back to ohio. >> reporter: trump blitzing the key battleground state where latest polls show clinton with a slim lead. and on his way, a rare move for trump, inviting the press to tag along on his plane. the same day hillary clinton started traveling with her press corps. coincidence? >> is that what she's doing? >> yeah, she is. >> i didn't know that. >> reporter: trump taking questions on his immigration policy. >> i'm not ruling out anything. >> including a pathway to legal status? >> no. to become a citizen, you're going have to go out and come back in. >> reporter: but when pressed further, still not giving a clear answer. >> we're going to make that decision into the future. >> reporter: trump slamming clinton for ducking reporters, counting the days since her last press conference. >> she doesn't do press conferences. it's been almost 300 days. >> reporter: if hillary clinton held a press conference, what would you ask her?
>> reporter: he'll have his chance later this month. >> i think we have an obligation to do the debates. >> reporter: trump confirming he will attend all three high-stakes debates. >> as of this moment, yes. >> what could cause you to change your mind? >> hurricanes, natural disaster. no, i expect to do all three. >> reporter: and with just 63 days until the election, he's taking new shots at clinton. >> and she looks presidential, fellas? hillary clinton would be a disaster. >> and mary bruce joins us now from canfield, ohio. mary, donald trump today dropped some hints about how he's preparing for that debate, the first one in just three weeks. >> reporter: yeah, don't expect any traditional debate prep from donald trump. no mock sessions, no one playing clinton in rehearsals. today, trump expressing some concerns about possibly being overprepared. cecilia? >> okay, mary, thank you. and david muir will be right back here tomorrow night with two major interviews. david sitting down with hillary clinton and her running mate, tim kaine, as well as the
and mike pence. first on "gma," on abc news digital, and of course, on "world news tonight" tomorrow night. we do now want to turn to the extreme weather. hermine packing a punch off the east coast this labor day weekend. take a look at the high surf off rhode island. coastal flood threats and tropical storm warnings tonight along the coast of new england. in hermine's wake, at least two people killed, including the driver of this tractor trailer, blown over by a gust of wind on a north carolina bridge. and in florida, where hermine made landfall as a hurricane, tens of thousands of residents are still without power tonight. abc's ginger zee with the storm track in a moment, but first, abc's gio benitez on the jersey shore. >> reporter: tonight, winds from hermine still packing a punch in parts of the northeast. wcvb reporter david bienick, right there in cape cod, massachusetts. >> the wind is now whipping across the beach. waves are picking up. you can see that there's a no
but a surprising number of people are actually out here. >> reporter: royal caribbean's "anthem of the seas" got caught in the rough waters. >> eating in the restaurant, dishes going all over the place. >> reporter: they got out of it safely. but on the shore, rough, dangerous surf. and lifeguards warn, it could be deadly. >> as soon as you get waist-deep, you're just getting swept down the beach, i mean, faster than i can run. >> reporter: and all of those businesses along the eastern coast? fire island already saying they've lost milli and look at these empty beach chairs on the jersey shore. the beach itself, even more barren. and small businesses, like the gables hotel and restaurant, on long beach island, taking a hit worth tens of thousands. >> the phones were ringing like crazy and there was a mass exodus from the island. >> reporter: a mass exodus. >> mass exodus. >> reporter: and so, here you are, left with all of these open tables that would have otherwise been filled? >> i know. i know. and people miss their holiday. >> reporter: and cecilia, in the
dangerous rip currents and those big, rough waves are going to keep tearing down these massive dunes. of course, they're going to need some repair for nor'easters in the fall and winter. cecilia? >> okay, gio, thank you. and i want to bring in abc's chief meteorologist ginger zee. you have been tracking this for so long, and it's not over yet. >> reporter: feels like forever. and, yes, we've been tracking this system for weeks, cecilia. so, let's look at it. hermine now, still a post-tropical cyclone, with max sustained winds of 70 miles an hour. so, still very strong. it will weaken as it keeps turning back towards eastern long island and parts of coastal connecticut, all the way through cape cod. and that's why we are still paying attention to this. because you pile on water for two, three days, and you are going to erode those beaches, major rip currents. and i wanted to show you this, because we actually will see some rain bands coming out of this. 20 to even 40-mile-per-hour gusts with it. and the shield of clouds makes it all the way back into parts of new jersey and southern new jersey. then, we go to the middle of the nation, we've had big issues with severe weather the last 24 hours. now flash flood warnings for minneapolis that include that
a quick look, hurricane newton, headed for cabo san lucas. >> you got your work cut out for you. you're busy. ginger, thank you. see you on "gma" tomorrow. overseas now, where president obama has landed in laos for a historic visit. the stop comes on the heels of the g20 meeting in china, opening with controversy on the tarmac and ending with a diplomatic showdown with vladimir putin. abc's bob woodruff is in the region for us tonight. >> reporter: today, tense moments on the sidelines of that summit. president obama face to face with russia's vladimir putin. >> the tone of our meetings are candid, blunt. business-like. >> reporter: a 90-minute meeting, tackling everything from cyber security to a syrian cease-fire between russian-backed president al assad and u.s.-backed rebels. but so far, no deal. >> given the gaps of trust that exist, that's a tough negotiation. >> reporter: that meeting on the final day of a summit that kicked off with an awkward scene
chinese officials did not provide the traditional staircase and red carpet reserved for world leaders. instead, president obama had to exit from small stairs at the belly of the plane. mr. obama is now in laos, where he was scheduled to meet with the philippine president, now canceling that meeting after the philippine president used a vulgar term, threatening to curse out president obama in person if he continued to question his state's controversial killing of drug suspects. >> clearly, he's a color >> reporter: now, obama will be the very first american president to ever visit the country of laos, and he will be stepping up the u.s. commitment to removing tens of thousands of those cluster bombs that have been left in the ground after being dropped by the united states during the vietnam war. cecilia? >> okay, bob, thank you. and just 650 miles away from where president obama was in china today, an act of aggression from north korea. in a show of military force, kim jong-un firing off three
no warning given by the north korean government. the white house promptly condemning what they described as a reckless act. and back home now, to that controversial quarterback and his national anthem protest. tonight, two high profile defenders coming to colin kaepernick's side. president obama weighing in, calling it the nfl star's constitutional right to kneel in protest. but it's what one female soccer star did on the field and what she's now saying off the field that is turning heads tonight. here's abc's kayna whitworth. >> reporter: tonight, 49ers quarterback colin kaepernick's refusal to stand during the national anthem is gaining steam. even the president was asked about it. >> he's exercising his constitutional right to make a statement. i think there's a long history of sports figures doing so. >> rapinoe. shooting and it's deflected! >> reporter: u.s. women's national soccer team player megan rapinoe, kneeling before her game, calling it a nod to
injustice. saying, "being a gay american, i know what it means to look at the flag and not have it protect all of your liberties." how long do you plan on continuing to take a knee and will it be taking a knee? >> at this point, i think it will continue to be taking a knee. as far as how long this goes, i'm not sure. you know, i want -- i want to be able to affect change. >> reporter: support is growing for the embattled quarterback. the 49ers saying more kaepernick gear was sold last week than in the past eight months combined. >> he's receiving heavy boos here. >> reporter: one group voicing dissent. the santa clara police union saying they may not provide security for games because of his statements about police. now, the santa clara police chief says he has reminded his staff that kaepernick is just expressing his first amendment right, and that it's their job to uphold that and provide public safety. cecilia? >> kayna, thank you. next tonight, imagine the horror of watching a thief speed off with your car, your sleeping daughters in the backseat.
abc's steve osunsami has more. >> reporter: georgia police tonight are looking for a thief and a carjacker, who is seen in a video from this gas station surveillance camera, stealing a car with two twin 1-year-olds inside. >> what, ten steps away from the car. obviously enough for him to get in the car and take off. >> reporter: their father, lester chaney, couldn't get his credit card to work at the pump, and he ran back to the car when he saw the thief. whoever stole it abandoned the car in this parking lot a quarter-mile away. 1-year-old mackenzie was still in her car seat in back, her twin sister, nadia, was found here, near the bushes. these aren't the first kids kidnapped during a car theft. this mom in dallas ran to the car and ended up jumping on the hood. her daughter managed to get out. >> and the lady was like, who is that getting into your car? i turned around, he's already in the car, closed the door. >> reporter: in florida, another mother is seen on surveillance video, fighting off two armed men, allegedly trying to steal her car with her 1-year-old daughter and 7-year-old son inside.
atlanta slept through the whole ordeal and were uninjured. their father warns other parents tonight that it only takes a second, and that you should never leave your car running and unlocked, like he did. cecilia? >> good reminder. steve, thank you. and there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this monday. sorry to tell you, but it is back to work tomorrow. and if you think the traffic on your way in is a pain, just wait until you find out how much your daily commute costs every year. and an ancient landmark toppled, crashing to the ground. why these hikers say they did it and why authorities now want to find them. and another milestone for serena williams, now topping every tennis player ever, man or
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tonigh tonight, a famous rock formation reduced to rubble in just seconds, and all it took was a push from some hikers. now, the hunt is on to find them. here's abc's neal karlinsky. >> reporter: even the people who captured this video couldn't believe it. oregon's beloved pedestal rock formation, immortalized by visitors to the coast, toppled intentionally. >> they were just standing on top of the rubble of the rock, just, like, laughing, like, smiling, j >> reporter: park officials originally found the rock in pieces and thought it must have collapsed naturally. but tonight, this video captured by two men flying a drone, tells a very different and troubling story. in it, you can clearly see a group of people working to knock over the famous formation, which was protected behind a fence. >> they basically told me themselves that it was a safety hazard, and that they did, like, the world or oregon, like, a
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shocked. certainly by his lifestyle, would not have expected that he was able to leave those kind of funds. >> reporter: this janitor from vermont had a similar secret. >> never had an idea of it at all. >> reporter: he played the stock market, leaving behind a $6 million fortune to a hospital and library. as for bob morin, his legacy is the kind of stuff you might read about in a novel, and it's now etched in stone at the very library where he made his fortune and made dreams come true. thank you for watching. i'm cecilia vega. don't forget, david's big interview from the campaign trail tomorrow.
>> larsen and breaking news, a tough one on this holiday. a toddler without a pulse after being pulled from the water. nohelani graf with more reporter: so, this is a really horrible situation, and i'm going to flip the camera afternoon and your -- around and your heart is going to stop for a moment. you will see a blow up pool in the front of the house where this happened. this is not where it happened but that goes to show there are kids at this house who love to play. what we know from phoenix fire and phoenix police on scene is that a toddler about 2, 3 year olds went unnoticed for a few minutes in the backyard where a pool is.
pulled that child out. the child has no pulse at the hospital. i can tell you the crime scene tape stretches around the house. when we got here, two adults, a male and female, got short into a car. everyone is waiting to find out if the child is okay and we don't know the answer to that. a somber mood in the neighborhood. neighbors say there are ki that house all the time so this is a tough situation so far. we'll keep you updated as we learn more. happening now, a lot of scrap that could catch fire at any moment. crews on hand making sure this doesn't leave any hot spots. we are talking to the firefighters who will have to stay the night at this scrap yard. .